You did it, you got to upgrade your old and crusty SharePoint 2007 or 2010 environment to super awesome SharePoint 2013. You go to insert a Chart web part, and you can’t find it. What? Where did it go? Well it’s not and won’t be in SharePoint 2013, along with some other features. I know this scenario sounds foreign to everyone because as a good SharePoint administrator/analyst/consultant/guru/stakeholder/owner, you made sure there was proper planning and testing for the migration project and all this was known ahead of time. Right? Well, no one’s perfect …
The purpose of this article is to try and compile a list of features removed or discounted features, not list all of the changes or improvements in SharePoint 2013. This list will vary somewhat depending if we’re talking SharePoint on-premise or SharePoint online, but I’ll try to call out the differences where applicable.
First let’s start with the main list of features discontinued from Microsoft Office. This link describes the feature, the reason it was removed and recommended replacements:
Most of features in this list were either never fully implemented, hardly used by most customers, or deprecated because they are being consolidated into other features (like web analytics is now part of Search). But some of you may be using a lot of meeting workspaces, and that is important to know when upgrading to SharePoint 2013. If you are doing the supported DB Attach method, the sites will migrate and function, but you can’t create any other Meeting Workspace sites.
Also, a lot of you might be using the Chart web part (available with the enterprise edition). This web part is now gone in lieu of all of the new improvements that Microsoft has put into Excel 2013 with Power View and Excel services / Excel app. If you don’t like this option, there are tons of great client-side technologies that can serve was replacements (apps in the store, jquery, google, 3rd-party, etc.).
You can review most of these in more technical detail here on TechNet:
Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013
There are a few others that I wanted to call out:
Well with SharePoint Online, you’re at the mercy of Microsoft and their vision for the production. That may be fine, maybe not. You don’t have the like it, just live with it. There are a few important items to call out here for SharePoint Online.
You can read more about the differences in features that will and won’t work in SharePoint Online by reviewing the Service Description page on TechNet. Technically these aren’t mostly features that are removed per say, just ones that don’t work in Online. I took all the tables from the pages, put them in Excel and filtered them to only show ones that weren’t supported. Here they are:
There’s one more link I wanted to provide, even though its not about missing or removed features, but is more useful when looking at migrating to SharePoint Online – the Office 365 Success Center. There are a lot of good document templates, communication templates, and guides to help you as you migrate to Online. If I have missed anything please post in the comments.
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